Herbert Smith died 30 July 1915
Herbert Smith’s birth was registered in April 1894 in Rugby. His parents were Edwin and Elizabeth Ellen Smith, née Mawby, who were married in 1885.
Herbert had two older siblings, William and Mabel Nellie.
In 1901 the family were living at 21 Rokeby Street, Rugby. Herbert’s father was an Engine Driver with the L & N-W Railway.
In 1911 the family were living at 186 Oxford Street. His father was still working at the L & N-W Railway and Herbert, aged 17, was a newsagent’s assistant.
By the time war broke out Herbert was employed in the wagon department on the railway. He was a teacher in the Sunday School and member of the Bible Class at the Wesleyan Church in Cambridge Street. The Rugby Advertiser reported that he was the third young man from the Church to give his life in the war.
Herbert enlisted as a Private in the 7th Battalion of The King’s Royal Rifle Regiment, regimental number R/1621 and he went out to France.
Rifleman Herbert Smith was killed in action at the Battle of Hooge on 30 July 1915. (See more information about the Battle of Hooge Crater, on Rugby Remembers)
He was awarded the Victory, British and 1915 Star Medals.
Herbert has no known grave but is commemorated with honour on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, on Panels 51 and 53, and on the Memorial Gate at Rugby.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM